Logistics Publications


Autonomous Ships

Posted on May 24, 2017. Category: Logistics Publications

For hundreds of years there have been stories of unmanned ships or “ghosts ships” as they are frequently referred to, and now, due to technology, they are they are going to be a reality in the near future. Companies like Yara & Kongsberg and Rolls Royce are working to make autonomous shipping happen. Yara & Kongsberg’s Yara Birkeland will be ready by 2018 to take voyages with a crew aboard and by 2020 it will be ready to sail on its own, without a crew.One might wonder why there is a motivation to eliminate the crew. ... Read More

Brazil Port Strike

Posted on May 23, 2017. Category: Logistics PublicationsTrade Publications

A Customs strike at all major Brazilian ports began on Monday May, 22 2017.  Brazilian customs audit inspectors have decided to strike as a result of a delay in the approval of the Provisional Measure n.765/2016.The greatest impact will be to those shipments that face inspection by moving through the yellow or red clearance channels.  The best way to avoid these channels is to make sure that commercial documents are correct, and match the freight when it comes to weight, dimensions and quantity.Marine terminals are already seeing delays, and towards the end of the week a substantial backlog... Read More

Laredo World Trade Bridge Closed

Posted on May 22, 2017. Category: Logistics PublicationsTrade Publications

Cargo movement at the World Trade Bridge in Laredo is currently temporarily suspended, with all commercial freight being rerouted to the Colombia Bridge.  On Sunday May, 21 a severe storm swept through the area leaving a path of power outages, flooding and structural damage.As the World Trade Bridge is exclusively used for commercial traffic, delays in border crossing are anticipated, with priority going to perishables, medical and FAST shipments.  There is no word yet on when the World Trade Bridge will reopen for traffic, until then you may want to consider routing freight thought El Paso or other... Read More

Breakbulk Europe

Posted on May 18, 2017. Category: Logistics Publications

Breakbulk-europe-2017-logo 2017 is the second year that Allyn International representatives have attended Breakbulk Europe, which was held in Antwerp, Belgium on April 24-26th. It is the largest event in the world for project cargo and breakbulk. It is not a coincidence that the organizers chose Antwerp for this event, as it is located at the heart of the European logistics network making it an ideal consolidation port for break bulk cargo.Breakbulk Europe is an event dedicated to break bulk cargo (cargo that is transported unpackaged in large quantities) transportation and all of the possible connected activities. You can meet ocean,... Read More

The Ins and Outs of Carnets

Posted on April 26, 2017. Category: Logistics Publications

Carnets (pronounced car-nays), or in other words merchandise passports, are Customs documents that aid in simplifying and reducing costs for temporary importation and subsequent exportation of goods. In this article, we will discuss the benefits of using a carnet, where to use a carnet, and what could cause a claim against a carnet.The benefits of using a carnet outweigh the disadvantages. Benefits include time, effort, and costs. Using a carnet will save time due to the “simplified Customs procedures for the temporary importation of various goods” listed on the carnet (www.uscib.org). Using the simplified Customs... Read More

Supply Chain Sustainability: Good for the Environment and Good for the Bottom Line

Posted on April 19, 2017. Category: Logistics Publications

On average, an organization’s supply chain emissions are four times great than those of their direct operations, however, most of the effort organizations put forth to limit emissions focuses on their direct operations (CDP, 2017).  This leaves an enormous opportunity for companies to take actions to work with their suppliers to lower emissions.  It is a challenging task, but some large organizations are paving the way and saving money to boot.  Global economy big buyers, such as PepsiCo, Johnson & Johnson, and Walmart are using their spending clout to drive significant emissions reductions and are cascading... Read More

UPS Using Beacons to Prevent Loading Errors

Posted on April 19, 2017. Category: Logistics Publications

The new electronic beacon technology being installed by UPS has the potential to revolutionize the age-old issue of missing and misdirected freight. The beacon will work in conjunction with a scanner that is used by the UPS worker while loading a truck. If a package is loaded onto the wrong truck, the beacon will notify the worker of the error.With the use of this technology, UPS estimates a 70 percent reduction in misrouted freight. UPS handles nearly 20 million packages a day. A 70 percent increase in efficiency is major for both UPS and the shipper. A lot of time and money... Read More

Smarter Logistics Decisions with Allyn’s Smart Route

Posted on April 12, 2017. Category: Logistics Publications

Of the modules that make up the web based Allyn Logistics Application (ALA), Smart Route is perhaps the most universally applicable, as it benefits companies regardless of size, volume or freight profile.  Proper and continued use of this tool will lead directly to decreased costs and increased carrier performance, while minimizing leakage due to use of unapproved carriers.Smart Route simplifies the carrier selection process for the user by allowing them to easily choose the optimal carrier based on the below criteria:Carriers:  Only client approved carriers will appear in the results. This allows clients to actively control... Read More

Electronic Logging Device (ELD)

Posted on April 12, 2017. Category: Logistics Publications

In 2015, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) mandated that commercial motor carriers’ vehicles will be equipped with an electronic logging device (ELD) by December 2017. The purpose of the mandate is to help improve safety and control the hours-of-service (HOS) compliance.  With more accurate HOS reporting and awareness the driver will be less fatigued, thus reducing accidents.                 The purchase and installation of the ELDs may be cost prohibitive for some of the smaller carriers. With the electronic reporting, their HOS may... Read More

Damaged Freight – What Should I Do?

Posted on April 11, 2017. Category: Logistics Publications

Some important steps that you should take if your freight arrives with visible damage are: Always accept the freight Document the damage on the delivery receipt – the more detail, the better Take pictures of the packaging and of the damaged freight Do not destroy the freight – it must be kept until the claim is closed Notify your claims personnelClaims Filing – What Do I Need?The information that is required and why: Carrier & Pro # - the shipment has to be identified Commodity – what is damaged Commodity weight – tariffs have a $25 released value... Read More

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